Who We Are

The NextGen Education Fund’s mission is to educate and empower young Americans to strengthen our democracy.

At NextGen we support young people as they decide who gets elected, what’s on the agenda, and how we solve the greatest challenges of our time.

NextGen doesn’t stand for any one party or politician. We stand for the largest and most diverse generation in American history. We stand together for a future that honors their potential and thrives on their success.

NextGen welcomes young people into our democratic process, and ensures they have the tools to influence that process. Here’s how we do it:

What We Do

Our staff, volunteers and fellows work in states across the country, bringing together broad experience in nonprofit management, voter engagement and mobilization, leadership development and fundraising.

Year-round civic engagement

The data is clear: young voters are essential to determining the long-term strength of our democracy and they are more likely to vote when engaged through year-round programs that involve and inform them on the issues that matter most to them — economic and racial justice, and climate change. NextGen reaches young voters through:

  • Voter education;
  • Voter registration; and
  • Voter mobilization;

NextGen organizes communities of young Americans to understand and impact what happens in their cities, their capitals and all the way to the White House.

Communications

NextGen shifts the narrative around young voters and the issues that matter to their lives by:

  • Organizing the young-voter communities online through large-scale digital strategies and on the ground in their neighborhoods and on campus;
  • Creating a culture of engagement by convening artists and performers to tell the untold stories and struggles of the community; and
  • Amplifying the voices of young voters in new and traditional media at the local, state and national level.

NextGen pushes young voters and the challenges they face to the forefront of the political dialogue. By changing the participants, we change the debate, change the agenda and make real, lasting change.

Leadership Development and Capacity Building

Young people are regularly excluded from the decision-making processes that most impact their lives. But more than ever, our country needs their diverse voices and experiences leading the way to change. NextGen is building the capacity and leadership of young people to be next generation of advocates, organizers and policymakers through:

  • Coalition and capacity building: We work with youth civic engagement partners in key states to help build local leadership and reach to scale their work and  transform hundreds of thousands of young people into dedicated civic participants and leaders.
  • Leadership Training: NextGen knows that our democracy works best when everyone gets a seat at the table. We’re building the capacity of young leaders to drive change in their communities and mobilize others to action.